Nemaha County Commission 7.25.2022

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 25, in the commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Dylan Keim leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Jason Koch and Gary Scoby, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, Health Officer Heaven Schuette, District Court Clerk Amy Entrikin, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus, Sheriff Rich Vernon, Appraiser Betty Roeder, Treasurer Janell Niehues, Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine, Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple, County Attorney Brad Lippert, Noxious Weed Director Mixie Schafer and Schultejans came before the board for a Department Head meeting with the commissioners. Discussion was held concerning employee wages and employee benefits moving forward for Nemaha County employees. The commissioners clarified that the four percent raise approved at last week’s meeting should be calculated on base pay rates and on an employee’s primary position only.

Department Reports

Emergency Preparedness Director Aldrine advised the board that:

• The county needs to hold a public hearing today before approving the Floodplain Management Resolution required under FEMA. Keim opened the public hearing at 10 am. With no public comment being given, Keim closed the public hearing. The commissioners Scoby approved Resolution 2022-5. Keim signed the resolution as presented.

• The tornado siren in Kelly needs to be repaired or replaced at this time. The commissioners advised Aldrine to get cost estimates on both of these options. 

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to request the chairman’s signature on the semi-annual microloan report that needs to be submitted to the State of Kansas. Following review of the document, Chairman Keim signed the report as presented.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:

• The guys are hauling rock on Donahue Road today.

• The bridge guys are still working on Bridge GK-1 at this time.

• He will be ordering 18-inch tubes soon and replacing a couple of box bridges in Clear Creek Township.

• The county was approved for the grant to purchase a new fork lift for use at the landfill.

Health Officer Schuette came before the board to make the commissioners aware of an e-mail received from KDHE regarding requirements that the Nemaha County Health Department must follow and adhere to. Schuette spoke to the commissioners about where to store stuff that she received from Nemaha County Community Health Services. Schuette spoke to the commissioners about hiring an RN to assist her in the Nemaha County Health Department. Discussion also was held concerning paying someone to be on call when Schuette is on vacation. The commissioners advised Schuette to come back next week with more information concerning the cost of these requests.

Sheriff Vernon advised the board that:

• Kenny Miller will be resigning effective July 30. This information was recorded incorrectly in the June 27 minutes with a resignation date of June 30.

• Cassandra Beck will be resigning her position effective July 28.

• They are currently holding 10 inmates in the jail.

• They booked seven individuals into the jail this past week.

Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about signage on township roads and about liability following an accident on a township road.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Epple, came before the board to let the commissioners know that she has hired Glenn Osterhaus and Bill Arneson as relief drivers for the Transportation Department beginning work on July 18 at a rate of pay of $14.98 per hour.

Also at the meeting

The board reviewed the minutes from the July 18 meeting and the commissioners approved them as presented.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session for attorney-client privileges with Lippert present. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board.

The board discussed wages and benefits for Nemaha County employees.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Aug. 1. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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